Summit County locals named to U.S. ski, snowboard rookie, pro teams
Chris Corning, Red Gerard and Emerson Smith are a few of the headline names of Summit County local snowboarders and skiers who have been nominated this week for several U.S. Ski & Snowboard rookie and pro teams.
The 2018 Olympic gold medalist and 2019 Burton Open slopestyle champion Gerard and the 2019 FIS World Champion Corning will again lead the American men’s snowboard slopestyle and big air team in 2019-20. Other members of the men’s snowboard slopestyle and big air team include Michigan native and part-time Silverthorne resident Kyle Mack, the 2018 big air Olympic silver medalist, as well as up-and-coming Californian teen Judd Henkes, Hawaiian youngster Lyon Farrell, Brock Crouch of Mammoth Lakes, California, Luke Winkelmann of North Carolina and Sean Fitzsimmons of Oregon.
Evergreen native and Silverthorne resident Jake Canter, 15, will compete on the U.S. slopestyle/big air snowboard rookie team next season after transitioning from the halfpipe to the slopestyle course this past season. Dusty Henricksen of Mammoth Lakes will also be on the rookie team.
The women’s slopestyle/big air pro team will again be anchored by California’s Jamie Anderson and Hailey Langland, and Julia Marino of Westport, Connecticut.
In the halfpipe, Steamboat Springs native and Breckenridge resident Arielle Gold will join her fellow 2018 Olympic halfpipe medalist Chloe Kim and Burton Open champion Maddie Mastro, both of California, on the women’s snowboard halfpipe pro team. On the men’s side, part-time Dillon resident Chase Blackwell will join a men’s halfpipe pro team also featuring Ryan Wachendorfer of Edwards, Taylor Gold of Steamboat Springs, Jake Pates of Eagle, Toby Miller of Mammoth Lakes and Chase Josey of Idaho.
A trio of Coloradans make up the men’s halfpipe rookie team, including part-time Frisco resident Jason Wolle, Lucas Foster of Telluride and Jack Coyne of Edwards. Tessa Maud of Carlsbad, California, is the sole American women’s halfpipe rookie.
Also this week it was announced Emerson Smith of Frisco has been nominated to the U.S. men’s moguls team. The full U.S. men’s moguls team also includes Casey and Jesse Andringa of Boulder, and Joel Hedrick of Fort Collins.
The women’s team includes nominees Olivia Giaccio of Vail, Tess Johnson of Edwards, Jaelin Kauf of Alta, Wyoming, and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, young Kai Owens of Vail, Kenzie Radway of Steamboat Springs, Morgan Schild of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and Avital Shimko of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.